Buy a Tumble Dryer
The fill weight indicates the size of the drum, how many pounds of laundry fits into the dryer per cycle. It is important to buy a dryer with the right amount of fill weight, otherwise you will use unnecessary energy. This is because if you have a dryer that is too large, you tend to start the drying cycle with a half-empty drum – and that means you use more energy than necessary. On the other hand, if you choose a dryer that is too small, you will have to use it more often, which also uses a lot of energy.
This is why we recommend getting a dryer with (roughly) the same fill weight as your washing machine – or consider the size of your household. For a household of 1 or 2 people, we’d recommend a dryer with a 6kg or 7kg fill weight. These will be the smallest dryers you can find. Does your household count 3 or 4 people? Then we recommend that you look at dryers with 8kg fill weights. And for a family of 5 or more, we recommend at least 9 kg.
Best small tumble dryer of 2023
The majority of tumble dryers have a fill weight of 8 kg, so it can be difficult to find a small tumble dryer that weighs only 6 or 7 kg. To get you started, we’ve put together the following list. Below are our top 5 small tumble dryers of 2023. In making this selection, we’ve looked at things like energy rating, different drying programmes and noise level. Which of these dryers will you be using to dry your clothes soon?
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What to look out for when buying a small dryer?
The fill weight of a dryer is oh-so-important, but there are of course many other things to consider when buying a new one. There are several different types of dryers, including airflow dryers, condenser dryers and heat pump dryers. Good to know: the airflow dryer has the highest energy consumption, while the heat pump dryer has the lowest. The moisture that is extracted from your laundry by the dryer has to go somewhere, of course. Airflow dryers discharge it through a hose, a window or a special hole in the wall. With a condenser dryer, you usually have a choice between the water outlet and a condensate drip pan. The condensate tray (or tank) must be manually emptied once in a while.
Earlier we explained that the type of dryer has a big impact on energy consumption. But there can still be a difference between two heat pump dryers. If you like to dry sparingly, choose an A+++ heat pump dryer. An energy-efficient dryer is often more expensive, but because it uses so little energy it is often the most economical choice.
Special drying programmes
Like a washing machine, the dryer has different programmes for different types of laundry. These include cotton, wool, silk, shirts, towels and synthetics. Some tumble dryers also have special anti-crease programmes.
Ease the use
Modern tumble dryers now have a range of features to make washing and drying as easy and enjoyable as possible for the user. These include delayed start, operation via an app, child lock, a self-cleaning condenser, drum illumination and automatic switch-off.
Not every dryer is made with top design and the strongest materials. The build quality of a dryer tells you how well it performs and how long it will last. However, not all brands and suppliers are as transparent about the build quality of their products. For an indication, look at the prices and brands. An expensive A-brand dryer is not necessarily better, but it can be a sign that it’s made with good materials. The following brands are known for delivering quality when it comes to tumble dryers: Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung. Are you looking for good value for money? Then check out the Beko, Indesit and Zanussi dryers.
Befits and drawbacks of a small washer dryer
There are several reasons why a small washer dryer may or may not be a good idea for you and your household. For those who are still unsure, we’ve listed all the pros and cons of buying a small clothes dryer for you! Hopefully, it will help you make a decision.
Advantages of a small clothes dryer
- If you are a single or two person, 7 kg is the perfect size for a clothes dryer.
- A small clothes dryer is easier to place on top of a washing machine because of its size. There is little chance of this causing any problems.
- The energy consumption of a small clothes dryer is less than that of a large one. This is good for the environment, but it also keeps your energy bills low.
- You can’t just put all your clothes in the dryer. By choosing a small dryer, you reduce the chance of drying with a half-empty drum.
Disadvantages of a small clothes dryer
- For a single or couple, 6 or 7 kg is perfect, as long as you only wash a few times a week. If you wash more often – for example, because of allergies or sports – a larger clothes dryer may be better. That way, you won’t have to switch on your dryer as often, which will reduce your energy consumption.
- Getting a new flatmate or expanding your family? If so, a 7kg tumble dryer will quickly become too small. If you expect to share your dryer with more people in the near future, you may want to consider getting a larger one.